From ritual music for funerals to energetic Gospel acclamation, Un Canto Nuevo will bless and delight Spanish-speaking youth and young adults, and all who worship with contemporary Spanish music.
One of Catholic music's most popular Spanish and bilingual composers
With five Unity Awards, two impressive CDs and multiple World Youth Days on his resume, Santiago Fernández is one of Catholic music's most popular Spanish and bilingual composers. Released on the spiritandsong.com label, Un Canto Nuevo (A New Song) is a delicious combination of danceable Latin rhythms and strong Spanish lyrics.
Accessible, singable melodies and refrains
Of the 12 original songs, seven have Scripture-based texts. Intended for use by assemblies and contemporary ensembles, the songs feature accessible, singable melodies and refrains. Prominent themes include evangelization, thanksgiving, trust and comfort, Christian life, and hope.
Features a number of well-known Latin rhythms
International in flavor, the album features a number of well-known Latin rhythms: the complex, Flamenco-style rhumba, Colombia's famous cumbia, the Cuban bolero, and the lively and joyful merengue, with origins in the Dominican Republic.
Title track makes a great gathering song
Based on Psalm 98, the festive title track features rhumba rhythms and amazing Latin trumpets and guitars. Arranged for mandolin, Latin percussion, and 12-string, acoustic and electric guitars, "Vamos a Casa" (Psalm 122) makes a great gathering song for contemporary Masses.
Lively rhythms and contemporary Psalm settings
"Junto a Mí" captures God's loving, forgiving embrace, as described in the story of the Prodigal Son, with accordion and lively cumbia rhythms. If there was ever a fiesta in heaven over a repentant sinner, this is it! A contemporary setting of Psalm 63, "Sediento Estoy" is a melodic, passionate ballad with bolero grupero styles.
Inspired by family and the mighty power of God
Santiago wrote "Señor, Aquí Estoy" (Lord, Here I Am) for his godfather Francisco, who died of cancer in 2005. The song became Francisco's daily prayer during the last three months of his life. "No Hay Dicho Ni Palabras," based on Psalm 19, is a joyful song about creation and God's mighty power.
From ritual music for funerals to energetic Gospel acclamation
Featured in Luz Perpetua, "Reciban Su Alma" is a ritual song of farewell for the funeral liturgy. Its traditional bolero style and simple melody make it easy for the assembly to sing. Santiago recorded the energetic "Aleluya, Aleluya," a Gospel acclamation, with children's voices.
Great songs for youth ministry
"Vivir Así" encourages young people to resist the world's temptations and live the Lord's way. Modern in style and up-tempo, it's perfect for youth rallies and retreats. "En Marcha, Caminando Juntos" (Onward, Walking Together) is another evangelization song suited for youth ministries. Walking and suffering together, the pilgrim Church gives witness to the nations.
A featured performer at World Youth Day 2008, Santiago is one of the Church's best new musical evangelists. Un Canto Nuevo will bless and delight Spanish-speaking youth and young adults, and all who worship with contemporary Spanish music.